Hireme enjoying switch to Black Ferns wing

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Last updated 05:00 05/07/2014
Honey Hireme
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BUZZING: Honey Hireme has adjusted well to her switch from centre to wing for the Black Ferns.

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Honey Hireme has adjusted well to her switch from centre to wing for the Black Ferns, and wants to develop further before the women's Rugby World Cup.

The 33-year-old made her debut for the Black Ferns in their recent series against Canada, Australia and Samoa, scoring a try on debut.

She said her team-mates have helped the transition to wing, giving her tips on where to be and what to do.

"I charted pretty well in our speed tests, and we have so much depth in the midfield that it made sense for me to move to the wing," Hireme said.

"I've really enjoyed it so far. It's very different, but I'm getting used to it. Having played at centre or fullback in the past, it has been a bit of a change."

The transition has been made easier with the fellow sevens players in the Black Ferns squad, including Huriana Manuel, Selica Winiata and Kelly Brazier.

She said having played sevens with several of the girls before, combinations were all ready in place, with the players knowing what each other did on the field.

"The sevens girls are great at helping me out, mainly because they've been in the Black Ferns before.

"They also know my play, so we've been working well on and off the field."

New Zealand play Ireland, the United States and Kazakhstan in their pool at the World Cup in France. The tournament runs from August 1 to 17.

Kazakhstan should be a walkover, but Ireland and the United States have improved over the past few years.

England, Australia and Canada are the big threats, with the Canadians in particular raising their game to new levels on the back of impressive sevens performances.

"There are no easy teams in this competition, so it will be tough through pool play and into the semifinals and finals.

"I just need to do my job on the field and support the girls, and hopefully we'll bring home that World Cup," Hireme said.

New Zealand start their campaign on August 1, playing Kazakhstan.

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